Jack Newton has big plans for the next two years.
His Burnaby, B.C., legal technology company Clio is generating enough business to add 250 staff to the 600-person work force by the end of the year, and in 2022,
he hopes to be employing at least 1,000 people.
But there’s some big obstacles standing in the way of that goal.
With COVID-19 generating demand for e-commerce and other digital business practices, many tech companies have been scrambling to staff up.
With many offices temporarily closed due to pandemic restrictions,
these companies are looking further afield for talented people who can work remotely.
That’s caused foreign tech giants to eye Canadians at a dizzying pace and triggered plenty of competition for homegrown companies like Clio.
“We’ve got an enormous hiring challenge ahead of us,”
said Newton, who co-founded the company in 2008.
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